RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (15-8, 4-4 ACC) hosted No. 12 Georgia Tech (16-9, 4-5 ACC) for a three-game series at Doak Field and came away with the sweep once the weekend concluded. After dropping series to Notre Dame and Florida State, the Wolfpack picked up its first ACC series win of the 2022 season.

Friday: NC State 8, Georgia Tech 6

The Wolfpack rallied from a five-run deficit in Friday’s matchup, managing to hang on for the two-run win, 8-6.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Sam Highfill started on the mound for State and yielded all six Tech runs in four innings of work. Redshirt junior right-hander Logan Adams (2-0, 5.28 ERA) picked up the win with three innings of shutout pitching, matching Highfill’s strikeout total with four while only yielding three hits. Sophomore southpaw Chris Villaman struck out three in a one-hit ninth inning to secure his second save of the season.

After Highfill threw a bases-loaded walk to bring home the Jackets’ first run in the top of the second inning, senior center fielder Devonte Brown tied the game in the bottom of the third with a solo home run. Georgia Tech would respond with five runs in the top of the fourth inning, capped off with a three-run blast by first baseman Andrew Jenkins. The Pack would rally to tie once again in the home half of the frame.

Senior second baseman J.T. Jarrett led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, then moved to third on a passed ball. Freshman catcher Jacob Cozart then drew a walk. Freshman third baseman Payton Green drove Jarrett home on a single with Cozart moving to third. Brown recorded his second RBI of the day in the next at-bat, plating Cozart with a single through the left side. Sophomore first baseman LuJames Groover, III then walked to load the bases. Redshirt junior shortstop Josh Hood then reached on an error that allowed Green and Brown to score before freshman designated hitter Tommy White doubled to drive Hood home.

The final two runs for the Pack came in the next inning. Green reached on a Georgia Tech error with two away in the bottom of the fifth. Brown followed with an RBI double before scoring on a single by Groover.

Saturday: NC State 6, Georgia Tech 5

Once again stymied by an early deficit, NC State supplied enough offense against the Yellow Jackets to win Saturday’s contest, along with the series, at the Doak, 6-5.

Sophomore righty Matt Willadsen started on the mound for the Pack and hurled 4-2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs with three strikeouts, six hits, and three walks on 117 pitches. Freshman right-hander Carson Kelly (1-0, 4.41 ERA) collected his first collegiate win after holding Tech to one run on two hits with three strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings. After junior righty Baker Nelson struck out two batters while allowing two hits, Villaman returned to fan two batters while allowing one hit in a shutout ninth, collecting his third save of 2022.

After the Jackets took the lead on a two-run single by Colin Hall in the top of the third inning, the Pack took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Hood started the scoring with a solo home run. White followed with a single but was replaced on the base paths thanks to a fielder’s choice by Jarrett. Freshman left fielder Will Marcy followed with a walk. Green stepped to the plate afterward and crushed the first pitch he saw for a three-run homer.

Jenkins and Hall tied the game with RBI balls in the next half-inning before sophomore right fielder Noah Soles broke the tie with his first collegiate home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Two innings later, Brown led off the bottom of the seventh by reaching base on a Tech error, stole second base, moved to third on a passed ball, then scored on a Groover sacrifice fly for the Wolfpack’s final run of the game.

Sunday: NC State 6, Georgia Tech 1

Locked into a pitcher’s duel for most of Sunday’s contest, NC State held the Yellow Jackets off the board for eight of nine innings and provided enough offense to secure the sweep with the victory, 6-1.

Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Logan Whitaker started on the bump and surrendered one run on three hits, one of which was a solo home run to Yellow Jacket shortstop Tim Borden, II. The former Ledford Panther struck out three batters in his 5-1/3 innings before sophomore righty Justin Lawson (1-1, 2.16 ERA) followed with an inning of relief, picking up the win after the Pack’s offense took the lead away from Tech. Senior southpaw Canaan Silver fanned his way through five batters before sophomore right-hander Garrett Payne pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish the game.

After Borden’s solo shot in the third inning, the Pack took the lead in the sixth. Hood and White led off with back-to-back singles before moving to second and third on a wild pitch. Jarrett tied the game with a sacrifice bunt, driving Hood home. White, meanwhile, scored in the next at-bat as a wild pitch by John Medich (1-1, 4.58 ERA) allowed the St. Pete Beach, Fla. native to cross the plate.

NC State piled on four insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. White led off by blasting his 12th home run of the season over the wall in left-center field. Jarrett and Soles followed with a pair of singles before Green crushed his second home run of the series, putting him at four long balls for the season.

The Wolfpack will return to action Tuesday, March 29 as the team travels to Greenville, N.C. to take on East Carolina. First pitch from Clark-LeClair Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.

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